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General Discussion / Re: Soul Red Crystal Paint Finish
« Last Post by Gel on Today at 06:10:29 pm »
I suffered this too.
My local dealer says there's a Tec Service Bulletin; my claim wasn't entertained, as Mazda supposedly modified the spec in factory for models from late 2018 on.
2019 models aren't covered. :'(
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General Discussion / Re: Soul Red Crystal Paint Finish
« Last Post by stebrierley on May 27, 2020, 02:16:13 pm »
Hello all

This is my first post and the main reason I joined the forum to be honest. 
I have a 2018 CX-5 in Soul Red Crystal finish, travel approx 20K-25K miles per year, mainly on motorways; as I have done for the last 10 years or so.
This is the first car where I have noticed a significant amount of stone chip damage to bonnet and door pillars.  I searched on google and established its a major problem with this particular colour/finish.  Being a qualified industrial coatings inspector I decided to take some dry film thickness readings on the car, granted car coatings aren't industrial coatings but just out of interest I carried out a DFT survey.   I took a total of 77 readings with a low of 56 micrometres to a high of 91 micrometres giving an average of 78 micrometres. 

On the Mazda website they advertise the fact that the coatings are applied at 0.08mm (80 micrometres) so my DFT survey was OK to their specification.  What i am not happy at all about is the film durability.  If the coating is applied, as advertised in three coats; then this coating system is not fit for purpose.  Normal everyday driving for me is on motorways 70% of the time.  I do not drive down country lanes with lots of loose stones or chippings.  The slightest knock form a stone exposes the base coat which, unbelievably, is white.  This sticks out like a nun in a brothel.  An absolute eyesore. My bonnet must have upwards of 100 chips/specs and it get worse as each month goes by.

I have emailed Mazda CS Dartford after first saying it isnt a warranty issue, they sent me this response to contact my dealer.
 
1 Customer books car in for inspection
2 On day of inspection customer completes walk-around with dealership staff highlighting concerns and leaves car with dealership for 1 day
3 Dealer washes the car ready for professional inspection
4 Initial assessment takes place using and sent to MMUKTech including photos with paint labels, chipping sheets and opinion of fault - defect or not
5 MMUKTech verify and advise accordingly
6 If warranty the dealer will be informed on the same day that it is OK to proceed to claim submission
7 If not warranty the decision and reason will be verified with the dealer for notifying the customer
8 If for any reason further photos or evidence is required the car is onsite to obtain this
9 The idea of having the car for the day is to complete a full assessment and agreement for next steps to avoid delay and avoid the customer waiting 

I have rang the dealer (Mazda Warrington) they have advised that they will ring me back when they have confirmed when the Mazda Area representative will be available so that I can take the car for inspection.  Mazda Warrington also confirmed they have had another complaint regarding this colour and stone chip damage

 
I will advise the outcome here

regards
Steve 

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Steering/Suspension/Brakes / Re: Binding rear near side brake.
« Last Post by Mary Hinge on May 18, 2020, 07:43:56 am »
OSR just started sticking. Pulled over into lay-by when I could see smoke coming from wheel. Pissed into empty milk container, then poured on caliper and disk. Sizzled like a good fry up. It freed up brake enough to get safely home. Poured fresh water over it to reduce any acid damage.

No stupid comments please. It got me out of a "sticky" situation.
Reminds me of my mate when he started as a BT apprentice back in 1973 and his Foreman explained how pissing on the patching cabinet earth spike would sort a lot of intermittent problems   :D
He must of liked the job, he stayed until he took early retirement in 2015
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Steering/Suspension/Brakes / Re: Binding rear near side brake.
« Last Post by PeterUK on May 17, 2020, 05:25:45 pm »
OSR just started sticking. Pulled over into lay-by when I could see smoke coming from wheel. Pissed into empty milk container, then poured on caliper and disk. Sizzled like a good fry up. It freed up brake enough to get safely home. Poured fresh water over it to reduce any acid damage.

No stupid comments please. It got me out of a "sticky" situation.
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Exterior Lighting / Re: Driving lights ? 2014 Se-l
« Last Post by Bert321 on May 15, 2020, 03:41:31 pm »
I've had a look.  In my owners handbook (page 9-9) it states for models with halogen headlights and running lights -

The high beam bulb is a 55/15 watt H15 bulb (with a wee star and a 2 next to it).  The wee star and 2 says that it's a double filament bulb but only the 55w filament is used in the high beam.  It also states the same under running lights (wee star 4) that the 15w filament is for the DRLs.
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Exterior Lighting / Re: Driving lights ? 2014 Se-l
« Last Post by Bert321 on May 15, 2020, 09:27:18 am »
The SE-L should have halogen lights (the Sports Nav of that age had xenons, newer Sports Nav have LED), and as far as I could figure out when I looked into fitting whiter daytime running lights (drls) into my 2017 SE-L a while ago, the Daytime Running Lights are actually a dimmed output of one of the main bulbs.  Sorry I can't remember which one tho.  If you're stuck post back and I'll have a look around.
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Exterior Lighting / Driving lights ? 2014 Se-l
« Last Post by Steesh43 on May 15, 2020, 07:16:32 am »
Hi

My Mazda CX-5 se-l 2014 seems to have’ driving lights’ , I’m maybe missing it but I can’t see them listed in the manual. The problem is the bulbs have blown on the passenger side and I can’t work out how to replace them or what bulbs they take.

Can anyone help?

Steesh
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Bodywork / Part replacement help
« Last Post by DanG on May 13, 2020, 07:46:52 am »
Hi,

I’m trying to find this part but for the life of me can’t find it anywhere... it’s for the rear passenger side upper corner door clip to hold the weather seal

Can someone help me with the part number or name to get a replacement one

Thanks in advance

Danny
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Engine/Transmission/Powertrain/Exhaust / Re: Notchy manual gearbox
« Last Post by ARnovice on May 11, 2020, 12:15:17 pm »
inoperable touchscreen when driving

This one I consider as the best thing. Most idiotic auto development is a touch screen in the moving vehicle without a possibility to anchor hand/fingers and operate it using tactile sensation without looking at the screen for too long.


Edit:
I understand that you are responding to a fragment of the original post. But your comment bears little relevance to the topic  i.e Notchy Manual Gearbox.

Please try to keep your comments on topic   Thank you  :)
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Keyless System Malfunction
« Last Post by 3gmk on May 08, 2020, 08:44:29 pm »
Do you mean the car battery - or the key fob battery?
The car battery was fully conditioned using a CTek conditioner.
I have changed the battery in one key fob.
I have tried the other fob.
I still get the message but everything seems to working fine.
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